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Today’s News - Thursday, October 22, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow is a no-newsletter day (post-Heritage Ball and Party@theCenter). We'll be back Monday, October26.

•   Altabe takes Bayley to task for his "rant about Hadid against her ways and wardrobe" and "aggressive behavior" that "not only crosses a line but also suggests a prejudice against female architects" (while giving FLW's "arrogance" a pass).

•   Wainwright visits MIPIM to check out Chinese investors' towering luxury plans for London, and finds those who say "It's all about the fun factor," and others who say it's "sickening" and "an insult."

•   Piano's towering plan for London "will revamp Paddington" (roof garden included, of course - naysayers abound).

•   Huber has a few issues with DS+R's Broad museum that "shines in places, but ultimately suffers by adhering too closely to the strained rhetoric of its architects. A concept as black-and-white as veil/vault proves to be a knot too tight, so inflexible it's self-defeating."

•   Freeman cheers NYC's preservation movement, but fears it has "become too conservative, even elitist," making it an easy target for both housing advocates and developers "to portray the preservation community as the enemy of affordable housing. What has brought us to this unhappy impasse?" (a great read for cities everywhere!)

•   Cahill says the debate about whether to "rehab or bulldoze" Jahn's Thompson Center "misses the point. Far more important is that we do something great," with "the will and foresight to create Chicago's next great architectural breakthrough" (though he's not very confident that will happen - the city "flubbed" a similar opportunity with Block 37 - "a thoroughly forgettable complex of compromises").

•   Kamin, on a brighter note, cheers Chicago's "new burst of place-making" with four recently-dedicated "signature public spaces" (just in time for the Chicago Biennial).

•   Jaffe offers a fascinating "annotated, chart-filled look at the scientific evidence" of the health benefits of parks and green space: "Seems the medical community has finally caught up with insights made by the urban landscape community 150 years ago."

•   The 2016 Venice Biennale British Pavilion curators will be Bose (yay!), Self, and Williams, who will invite teams to address "Home Economics."

•   Davidson reports that Chakrabarti is leaving SHoP to set up his own shop, "instantly making him one of the most formidable rookies in New York" and "a résumé that makes him difficult to pigeonhole" (word is the split was amicable).

•   Good news for Australian architects: "The development boom is finally giving architect salaries some joy" with "developers willing to pay more to secure the best design skills."

•   Call for entries: Design Corps/Social Economic Environmental Design Network 6th Annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Iovine finds much to like at the Chicago Architecture Biennial that explores "architecture that matters - installations are largely free from the academic navel-gazing," with "just the right proportion of earnest effort to razzle-dazzle."

•   Keskeys cheers Design With Company's Biennial entry that offers "architecture that is dry-witted, sarcastic - snarky, even - the kind that seems to be laughing right back at you" (with pix to prove it!).

•   Wainwright parties with the Eameses at London's Barbican show that offers a look "inside the modernist masters' riotous home" in L.A., "a divine shrine" and "the cradle of their invention, stuffed full of inspirational ephemera, looms large."

•   "Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia" at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis "fully embraces the flower power ethos," and showcase "just how influential this outpouring of counterculture ideas was shaping trends and technology today."

•   Kennicott & Green give thumbs-up to OvS's "The New American Garden" at the National Building Museum in DC.

•   Filler x 2: he can't say enough about "Berlin Metropolis: 1918-1933" at NYC's Neue Galerie: a "thrilling exhibition" that "vividly evokes the creative maelstrom of the Weimar Republic - a cocktail of exactly the right size and intoxicating potency."

•   He gives three thumbs-up's to three new tomes about "America's green giant," Frederick Law Olmsted.

•   Gopnik delves deep into four new tomes about urban America that include the (surprising) history of NYC's grid, and Detroit in the early 1960s, "a kind of hymn to what really was a great city - every page haunts us with the questions What went wrong?"



  


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